F1 » Alonso: I'll come out-of-the-blocks fighting in 2011


Following his agonising title near-miss in the Abu Dhabi F1 2010 finale, Fernando Alonso reckons he and Ferrari will begin the 2011 campaign in the top flight a far stronger proposition

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DontTalkShite

December 02, 2010 2:01 PM

Seriously, what else is he going to say! He arguably had a successful year but didn't live up to the massive expectation. For the sake of the paddock, I hope Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, RBR and anyone else who can step up to the plate make it an CONTESTED championship. Bring it on. By the way, go Australia for 2022 World Cup. Decision is 2 hours away!

blzbub

December 02, 2010 2:28 PM

ferraris most recent success was acheived in the end by using the schumacher/ferrari operating model, then they appeared to change the focus the following year and have had two very close, but failled attempts since then. massa may need carefull management next year, if they can get massa motivated then they may turn out to be favourites. . . DTS . . . after a little dissapointment in the end for MW, do you think the 13.6 million he made this year (Australia's new top earning sportsman!) will help him get over the dissapointment?

Alan D - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 3:33 PM

Obviously every driver is going to say that, but Ferrari had a good last few races of the season and if they could carry that over to next year then they'd certainly be coming out of the blocks fighting. But next year is more regulation changes and more expense, so who knows where Ferrari will come out.

Once again we've seen that come the season end that teams like Renault and Williams have been catching up and the racing has been closer and more competitive but they'll throw all that away and next year we'll have one of the big teams struggling for down force for the first few races, another with reliability problems, someone with questionable legality, and the smaller ones miles back again because they have insufficient budget for the endless redesign cycles.

Alan D - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 3:41 PM

Blzbub: "there have been reports that lewis hamilton thinks that operating an adjustable rear wing and a KERS unit will be challenging"

How can someone disagree with that? when Mclaren ran KERS last year it took them a lot of time to get on the pace because the weight of KERS badly affected the balance of the car and operating it/recharging it was also changing the handling characteristic of the car during the lap. If you add in the change in handling caused by an adjustable rear wing then any driver who doesn't think its going to be a challenge is probably just not trying hard enough.

Personally I'd rather not see all these gimmicks on the cars. Get back to proper racing where its the tyres that do the work. Stop turning them into computerised sleds.

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